Well, I've taken the plunge! I've signed up to Patreon! You can be one of the first to have a look by clicking on here!
That's not to say I won't be posting here, dear Reader: this web-page will still have the shared public information that's available on Patreon. It's just another means of getting the Australian comic book message out there. Like Facebook and Twitter. However, I'll probably share more information in more detail to those people who pay for the highest tier of my Patreon site. At present I feel this site and the other social media outlets limit what I can say, for example, when I am negotiating for a property, or I have plans for a proposed book that is not yet become fully formed. With my highest Patreon tier, I'll feel I am speaking to confidants that I can share more things with. Well, let's see how it goes!
The main reasons I joined, though, is to firstly, limit my reliance on running campaigns on Kickstarter and other crowd-funding sites. Even though the results are good (when successful), they do take a lot of time to work on. And less commercial or less known ventures that might need to see the light of day are perhaps not as likely to succeed. Secondly, with my recent decision to soon end my working life as a Clinical Nurse with all the inherent shift work (and, erk! night duty), I might be able to fund my own retirement "hobby" of publishing comics. Of course, this is all dependent on enough people believing in my publishing ventures to put down the cold, hard cash every month. And to that end, I've made the tiers as low as I can make them for people to feel they are all making a wonderful contribution. As they would be. It's really a team effort between both parties.
Because, at the end of the day, the reason for the Patreon site, is to ensure the world gets to read more Australian comics, whether reprinting old classics or publishing new ones! And that, to my mind, seems the most important reason for having taken the plunge!
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he has been the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books